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From dying malls, downtown retailing grows

Teens of the ’80s may recall shiny new shopping malls as the hot place for hanging out, their food courts the cafe society of adolescence. These chain-store palaces knocked off local mom and pop retailers one by one, turning their downtown habitat into drab places for the poor and ...

Teen drivers’ turn signal use increases with alerts

(Editor’s note: Dave Werner’s column normally runs Monday, but since there was no Enterprise on Christmas Day, it will run today.) --- When driving, do you always signal turns and lane changes or do you just do it sometimes? By now, most drivers have experienced or at least heard of ...

Skating into the New Year and other places to skate

My family always enjoys ice skating in the winter, whether it is an outside pond or inside rink. I like that I can just keep my ice skates in my van and always be ready for that impromptu skate. If you aren’t going to be around for New Year’s Eve, skip straight to the bottom of this column ...

The true spirit of Christmas

[The original Enterprise headline from Dec. 23, 1978] --- How lucky I am to have friends like Mrs. John (Mary Partridge) Peria. She sent me a newspaper clipping from a supplement published by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise dated Dec. 23, 1978 and here we are today, Dec. 23, ...

Looking back, looking forward

The Cuomo administration’s decision to appeal the ruling that threw out the rail-trail plan is not a surprise; the governor does not handle disappointment well. The Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Transportation and Adirondack Park Agency followed marching orders ...

When more is less

The subject came up in a coffee klatch with Brother Clark and Sistah Lisa. I don’t remember the specifics of the convo; I only remember the flash point, which was the word “choice.” Essentially, after rappin’ ’bout this and that, we agreed that while having no choices is ...

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

I have been a New York Rangers fan my entire life. When I heard that the team was coming to Lake Placid in early October for a pre-season practice, I could hardly contain my excitement. So I did what everyone does today, go to Facebook to figure out how I could see the team. I had no idea ...

The fireplace

“More fair than roses, lo, the flowers of the fire …” Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson probably never knew how lucky he was when his wife found him an apartment in this ancient mountain chain that came with a hearth. At the time, the brick fireplace at Baker’s was a ...

Earn a patch for the Winter 6er or Winter Triad

Looking for a gift to give for the person who has everything? How about a Saranac Lake Winter 6er or Tupper Lake Winter Triad patch? Not that I have everything, not even close, but I seem to have a lot of stuff. If you fall into that category, perhaps gifting yourself the goal of completing the ...

There’s still time to make gifts from your kitchen

Are you tired of the shopping frenzy? How about making gifts instead of buying them! There is still time to make gifts. Most people have way too much stuff. Homemade treats and handcrafted gifts are appreciated far more than store-bought trinkets made across the ocean which just sit and ...

(Flying) reindeer and climate

I recall years ago two young boys having a conversation: “There’s no such thing as Santa Claus,” the older boy insisted. But the younger boy wasn’t buying it. Come Christmas Eve, he was going to stay up all night, just to catch a glimpse of old Santa and his legendary sleigh full of ...

Who wants war with Iran — and why?

In the run-up to Christmas, President Donald Trump has been the beneficiary of some surprisingly good news and glad tidings. Sunday, Vladimir Putin called to thank him and the CIA for providing Russia critical information that helped abort an ISIS plot to massacre visitors to Kazan ...

Remnants of star death in the eastern sky

We’ve watched the center of our galaxy set with the autumn in the western sky. Now the plane of the galaxy arcs up from west to east through the zenith in the early evening, and the galactic anticenter rises in the east. Though not as rich and dense as the galactic “urban center” in ...

Why followers of Jesus cannot support Trump

The archbishop of Canterbury was recently asked about Christians — primarily white evangelicals — who support President Trump. “No I do not understand it. I really, genuinely do not understand it,” he replied. The archbishop’s confusion is shared by millions of other ...

Mrs. Claus has concerns for Santa’s safety

Luckily for me, I had the pleasure of speaking with Santa’s wife, Mrs. Claus, just 10 days before Christmas Eve. I reached her at the North Pole by telephone. I expected a very cheerful conversation with her, but it just wasn’t so. She was concerned with Santa’s safety as he made his way ...

Can only Trump survive Trump?

The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected President Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had no business losing in Massachusetts. Donald ...

More about the loss of St. Bernard’s Church

I had the privilege of working with the best and the brightest for 23 years at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and my friend and colleague Jerome Ripley “Rip” Allen was at the top of the list ... along with Evelyn Outcalt, Fran Dickie, Bill McLaughlin, Peter Cox, Harry Nason and ...

In defense of victims and the justice system

As someone who practices law here in the Adirondacks, I have made a conscious decision to work on cases and the area of law of my choosing. As a former prosecutor and defense attorney in Essex County, I have seen both sides of our legal process. I can tell you from my experience that the legal ...

The Old West rides again in the Adirondacks

It appears the winter season has finally arrived in the North Country, just in time for the looming holiday season. Although the snowpack has yet to set up a firm base, there is enough snow cover to ski in the woods, especially in the upper elevations, on tote roads and on the golf ...

Working in customer service helps you be a better customer, employee … human

Even with the most educated of job applicants, there is one skill that can’t be taught in any classroom: customer service. You can decorate your resume with private colleges and fancy degrees but learning how to interact professionally and courteously with customers, coworkers or just other ...